My Grace-Full Life

7.22.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: The Simple Complexity of Grace

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I’m currently reading a book called, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?,” by Philip Yancey.
As I’ve read it, I’ve been challenged about my understanding of grace.
What I’m starting to realize, despite having named my blog “My Grace-Full Life,” I have seriously underestimated how grace is given and what grace is.
It’s one of those things we think we understand.
It’s a term that is so complex, yet it’s so simple.
Then again, the simplicity of grace is extremely complex.
And God is the only one who offers it perfectly.
Grace is something we give and something we receive.
Though often, we are better at receiving than giving…
And sometimes, we aren’t great receivers either.
But grace is such a tremendous gift.
My favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 2:8-9 which say, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (ESV).
I love those verses.
It was the inspiration for my blog and it’s my life verse.
It’s a reminder that nothing I’ve done or will do is going to be enough because it all boils down to the magnificent, overwhelming, undeserved grace of my Heavenly Father.
Yancey’s book is a tool God has given me to really embrace my word of the year—forgive.
Because you can’t have forgiveness without grace.
This is one of those mornings where I have so much going on in my mind, I’m not sure that I’m making sense.
And I am afraid I’m not making much of a point short of recommending the book.
Though I have about four chapters left, it has challenged me and given me much to think about.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His grace.
Thank Him for the opportunity to learn and grow through His Word and the wisdom of others.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be mindful of grace—to both give it and receive it.

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